Monday, June 3, 2013

Emergency Transfers, Faith, Diligence & Patience ~ Don't Take Your Eye Off of the 'Ball'

 Elder Larsen and I got a phone call late Saturday night and they told us that we have emergency transfers on Monday! We couldn´t really believe it because we only have three weeks together and I´ve never had emergency transfers before so it´s a little crazy right now. I´m just getting to know the members and the area but I think all is well. I´ll be training a new missionary, I think his name is Elder Barrios from Peru, but, I still don´t know. I´ll have to let you know next week what´s rollin' here in Jardines.  Elder Larsen is going to Tepalcapa and he´ll be with a new companion. 

Raul and Carina are still going to the church and loving it. They told us yesterday that they don´t know why they took so long to go but now that they are here, they´ll not be leaving. Carina also told us that before when the missionaries knocked on their door she didn´t open because she didn´t know who they were. She told us that when we showed up she just felt an urgency to open the door. When we got up to her staircase she had already opened the door. They were meant to be found at that moment. 

I found something the other day when I was studying and I really liked it. I was studying about goals and what it is that we have to do to make our goals in life and I came across Alma 32:40-43--- 

"40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.

 41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with   patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

 42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

 43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you."

In order for us to fulfill any goal in life we need to be focused on that goal and work diligently toward it. If we "take our eyes off the ball" as they say in football then we simply won´t catch it. We are living in the last days and we simply can´t afford to be distracted by anything when it comes to the things of eternal life. For swiftly the night comes and then we may not be here tomorrow to fix the things that we need to fix today. Alma 34:33-- we cannot say that tomorrow we will repent because we cannot guarantee nor bargain with God that we live tomorrow. It is all in HIS control and we must live in accordance with HIS will. This scripture applies to so many things in life. How does it apply to you right now? 

Piña Loca
Elder Larsen and I said our "hasta luego" at church and we ate with our ward mission leader and they gave us each a "piña loca" so that was good. 
It´s like a pineapple cored out, filled with a lemon like slush, and chili thrown on top. I´m not a fan of the chili, but it wouldn’t be loca if it 
weren´t with a little Mexican flavor! 

Well, be good! I´ll talk to you next week when I know more about what´s going on! 


Elder Hill 

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